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Key 'Brexit' decisions must wait until EU summit

Brussels - Talks on a deal to keep Britain in the EU will go down to the wire at a leaders summit next week after negotiators failed to reach a breakthrough on the key issues on Thursday, European sources said.

Northern Ireland rejects bid to relax abortion law

London - The Northern Ireland regional assembly voted against relaxing strict abortion laws on Wednesday, despite a ruling by the Belfast High Court that the legislation breaches human rights.

Tusk to hold EU talks on 'very fragile' Brexit deal

Brussels - EU president Donald Tusk said Wednesday he had cleared his schedule to hold urgent meetings with leaders including Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande to push for a deal to keep Britain in the bloc at a summit next week.

Italian PM Renzi compares EU to sinking ship

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has stepped up his war of words with Brussels by comparing the European Union to the orchestra that kept on playing as the Titanic sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic.

British newspaper reverts to using Bombay rather than Mumbai

London - British newspaper The Independent will switch back to using Bombay rather than Mumbai when referring to India's financial capital, its editor said Wednesday.

Doctors stage second strike in English hospitals

London - Thousands of junior doctors at English hospitals staged a second strike into Thursday against proposed new conditions and pay rates for working unsociable hours.

EU's founding members back two-speed Europe

Rome - The six founding members of the European Union on Tuesday reiterated their commitment to "ever closer union", even it means leaving less enthusiastic partners like Britain behind.

Man sets himself on fire near William and Kate palace in London

London - A man set himself on fire in the early hours of Tuesday outside Kensington Palace, the central London home of Prince William and his wife Kate, and later died of his injuries, British police said.

Britain, Sweden should accept Assange ruling: UN rights chief

Colombo - The UN human rights chief said on a visit to Sri Lanka Tuesday that Britain and Sweden should accept the findings of one of his panels that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been arbitrarily detained.

UK warns EU exit could mean migrant camps on south coast

London - A British EU exit could mean thousands of migrants landing on Britain's shores "overnight", the government said, stepping up the rhetoric in the campaign ahead of a referendum on membership.

Thatcher would have backed UK staying in EU: Advisor

London - Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher would have supported David Cameron's draft renegotiation of Britain's EU terms of membership, her closest advisor said Sunday.

UK-bound Iranian migrants rescued from small boat in Channel

Lille - Four Iranian migrants making a rare attempt to reach Britain by boat from France on Saturday were rescued in the nick of time after their vessel took on water and was close to capsizing, officials said.

Former victim leaves Vatican child sex abuse commission

Vatican City - A former paedophilia victim has left the Vatican advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy, the Vatican announced Saturday, two days after the British campaigner criticised the body in the press.

UK press takes swipe at Assange and UN panel

London - British newspaper columnists on Saturday took aim at Julian Assange and the UN panel that found the anti-secrecy campaigner had been "arbitrarily detained".

UN panel emerges from shadows with bombshell Assange ruling

Ginebra - The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was thrust into the global spotlight Friday with its finding that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by Sweden and Britain.

Britain rejects UN panel ruling on Assange: Government

London - Britain rejected a UN panel's ruling on Friday that called for Julian Assange's "detention" at Ecuador's embassy in London to be brought to an end, saying it would challenge the report's findings."This changes nothing.

Cameron woos Polish, Danish leaders as clock ticks to avert 'Brexit'

Copenhagen - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday appeared to have come a step closer to sealing a contentious EU-wide deal on reforms to prevent a "Brexit" after making headway in talks with Danish and Polish leaders.

Assange tells UK, Sweden to let him go after UN finding

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Friday urged Britain and Sweden to let him walk free from Ecuador's embassy in London after a UN panel found that the anti-secrecy campaigner was "arbitrarily detained.

Cameron fights for his place in history with EU vote

London - Prime Minister David Cameron is playing a high-stakes game which will decide his place in political history with negotiations aimed at preventing Britain from leaving the EU in a looming referendum, experts say.

Rise in support for 'Brexit' after EU draft deal

London - Support for Britain leaving the European Union has risen since Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled proposals for a deal to keep the country in the bloc, according to a poll published on Friday.

Spain's royals postpone Britain visit over political situation

Madrid - The March visit of the Spanish royal couple to Britain has been postponed due to the political situation in Spain, which has yet to form a government following inconclusive elections, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Ecuador says Assange welcome to remain in London embassy

Quito - Ecuador said Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is welcome to remain in its London embassy, ahead of a UN panel's expected ruling that his stay there amounts to illegal detention."It's a personal decision.

Timeline of WikiLeaks founder's extradition fight

Stockholm - Here are key dates in the five-year legal saga of Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.- November 18, 2010:A Swedish prosecutor issues a European arrest warrant for Assange on sexual assault claims involving two Swedish women.

UN panel's ruling has no impact on Sweden's Assange probe: Prosecutor

Stockholm - A UN panel ruling finding that Julian Assange's confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London amounts to illegal detention has no impact on the rape investigation against him in Sweden, the prosecution said on Thursday.

WikiLeaks founder Assange may leave embassy after UN panel ruling

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could walk out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London after more than three years on Friday, when a UN panel will rule whether he has been illegally held.

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks' fugitive anti-hero

London - A United Nations report on Friday calling for Julian Assange's "detention" to be brought to an end is the latest twist in a long-running case pitting hi-tech activists against mighty governments.

Backers of Syria's Assad are committing 'war crimes': Turkish PM

London - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu implicitly accused Russia of "war crimes" Thursday in comments at a donor conference in London, warning that the Syrian city of Aleppo was under "heavy attack" by Russian warplanes.

World's biggest wind farm given go-ahead off Britain

London - A wind farm that would be the largest in the world and power more than a million homes has been given the go-ahead in Britain.Offshore wind developer Dong Energy said Wednesday a final decision had been made to construct the 1.

WikiLeaks founder Assange leaves fate up to UN panel

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Friday pending an opinion by a UN panel on his alleged rape case -- but Britain said it would have to arrest him.

Britain pledges $1.74 bn in aid for Syria and neighbours

London - The British government announced £1.2 billion (1.6 million euros, $1.74 billion) in aid for war-torn Syria and its neighbours on Thursday, ahead of a donors' conference in London.
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